Today I bring you ‘Child Grows Old’ a fun and wistful electro-pop ditty by Sydney-based Electronic-Shoegaze duo, Micra. The duo is comprised of Producer/Guitarist Robbie Cain from Australia and Bulgarian Singer Ivana Kay.
Singer Ivana Kay’s atmospheric, breathy yet luscious vocals bounce along the synth and guitar drove track. Providing a unique contrast along with the beachy vibes, 90s shoegaze rhythm, and melodies that also feature prominently throughout the track.
Member Robbie Cain said he drew inspiration from such artists as Zero 7, Deerhunter, and Beach House looking to add his own contemporary take on it. It’s something which he and his bandmate Ivana have successfully done on this single. The song also succeeds well in its lyric ability, easily stoking the listeners sense of nostalgia without coming across dated. This was something supremely important to the band considering what the song is about according to Robbie Cain. A song about moving forward and not staying stagnant, and the struggles that could bring.
“The song explores a time in life which felt like nothing had changed for too long. Waiting around for something to happen without knowing where to begin. It’s an internal conversation about forcing yourself to jump into the next phase of life and facing the obstacles that come out of that.”
– Robbie Cain
Check out the beautiful and tender new single ‘Child Grows Old’ by MICRA and be sure to learn more about them on their socials and official website all of which are listed below!
After 24 years Vans Warped Tour has come to an end. It’s been one incredible summer to experience unforgettable memories with music, friends, and opportunities. One of the first opening bands on one of the main stages at VWT was Issues at the Journey’s Right foot stage. People were coming in and waiting in the crowd were ecstatic to witness Issues perform. The energy from the crowd was crazy! They were jumping around and creating a mosh circle in the middle for Tyler to see. Next to take the stage on the Journey’s Right foot stage was Set It Off. Set It Off are no stranger to the Warped Tour scene but this year was selected as a special guest to attend couple dates. They began the set with their new single “Killer In the Mirror”, then with the crowd favorite “The Haunting” while during part of the chorus Cody decided to sing along with the crowd. It was a joyful moment as he held onto the crowd for support and to hear them sing back his songs.
The next set to play was Silverstein, the band’s lead singer Shane took the time to thank Kevin Lyman for letting them on VWT stage for the past 15 years. They then followed up with playing “Smile In Your Sleep” with lead guitarist Paul playing his heart out. Another stage in VWT was the Ernie Ball one. It featured some upcoming bands like Palaye Royale. The bands had started off with “Don’t feel Quite Right”, the energy of the crowd was so upbeat once these band of brothers set foot on the stage.
For certain dates, there would be selected special guest one of them being Asking Alexandria. The crowd lost it once they started with “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” before continuing with “Into the Fire” another crowd favorite. Rhythm guitarist Cameron always feeds off the crowd’s energy when going out onstage and rocking out. One of the most important things for me at a show or festival is seeing how the crowd reacts, whether by screaming, putting their hands up in the air, the horn symbol or just by watching what’s in front of them during the set.
State Champs fans were so eager since it felt like a home show for the band who is from Albany, New York. From the bass player, Tony getting lost in the music while playing to Ryan screaming his heart out on “Dead and Gone”. Playing on the Owly.FM stage was Makeout, they won in a competition for Battle of the Bands in 2014, playing nine shows in VWT in 2015 and now playing all summer. Lead singer and front-man Sam hitting the stage with “Childish” and the entire atmosphere of the audience. The Amity Affliction took to the Journey stage, with the crowd sensing the mood to go wild it was quite the freeing feeling being able to express themselves through the music. During “Open letter” bass player Ahren took part of leading the crowd through singing the breakdown letting the crowd take part of the show. Lastly, Tonight Alive entered the stage to perform. One of the female fronted bands at Vans Warped Tour. Having Jenna step onto the stage and command the crowd was a delight to see. It was a great way to end 24 years of Warped Tour.
OCNS took time. Time allowed growth and change, but most importantly the opportunity to arrive at the right place in the right moment. Six years have passed, and in that time OCNS have grown from three members to six; finally becoming complete. With six unique perspectives, OCNS meld haunting tones of ambience, melodic tones of alt-rock, and top it off with indie-style and pop sensibility. OCNS released their debut single, “If I’m A Ghost” in January 2018 and are currently looking towards the near future. The follow-up single “You,” is a leap towards an ever-growing, ambient, enveloping sonic palette that will become synonymous with OCNS. OCNS is Grandy (Drums), Esdras (Bass), Isaac (Keys), Drew (Guitar), David (Guitar), and Andrew (Vocals).
– Behind The Curtains Media
I got a chance to chat with the band about their latest single and much more you can read it all below!
1. Let’s talk about a bit about the new single “You” and the inspiration behind it? Also that epic saxophone part!
OCNS: The saxophone part! We figured incorporating sax really helped with dynamics in the track. So grateful to have had some amazing feedback on it. We wrote “You” with the intended purpose of having a track that really had a running groove. The songs all about movement, and it really feels that way! From a lyrical aspect, the track digs into how deep infatuation with someone or something can unintentionally become unhealthy for you. In some cases, serving strong feelings and desires for someone doesn’t always end up how you’d expect.
2. I love the lyric video… Can you talk a bit about that? Also can we expect an official video anytime soon?
OCNS: The lyric video was not originally planned, but we’re glad to have put it out! The video really helps in portraying our personality as a band and, I’d say, even complements the music as well. We’re definitely not world class dancers hahahah, but we do hope it got other people moving. As for an official video, it all depends on where we are in the near future with this single. Hope we can!
3. There is a noticeable difference in the soundscapes of your first song “If I’m A Ghost” and your latest “You” yet there’s still that OCNS sound. Was that something you set out to achieve or something that just happened organically?
OCNS: Absolutely! It’s certainly our goal to stamp our own sound to our music. The fact that people are catching on to that concept early on is amazing! Most of our tracks, if not all, are completely different, but we always tend to organically blend them together. We’re just thrilled to sonically have our own mark while exploring multiple genres of music.
4. Since your band has a lot of old school vibes especially with the added use of the saxophone. I wanted to ask what’s your favorite ’90s jam?
OCNS: “Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve was a BOP” -Isaac
“The whole Verve discography is great, especially the A Storm in Heaven album. Gotta say I used to love the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but the 90’s was pure RnB.” -Drew
“90’s was true RnB.” -Isaac
“Yeah, gotta go with some Destiny’s Child or Sade on that front.” – Drew
*No Ordinary Love by Sade plays in the background*
5. What was your favorite band or artist in high school?
OCNS: That all depends on who your talking to in the band! We all had wildly different tastes. Isaac loved, and has always loved Coldplay. Drew was into more hardcore stuff like Counterparts. David was super into Ben Howard. Grandy was all about some Paramore and Explosions In The Sky. Esdras has always loved Juicy J. Andrew used to be very much obsessed with Mutemath.
6. What is everyone’s must have tour item?
OCNS: Most of us technically have never been on tour, despite all our years of playing music together. Andrew (vocals) has some serious touring experience from his previous band, and would probably say to always bring basic toiletries like a toothbrush, deodorant, etc. but the real key is MOIST TOWELETTES. Being able to wipe yourself down after a show or first thing after you wake up and get out of the car after hours of being crammed in there is unbelievably important.
7. Let’s talk about the album cover art for “You”. How did you decide on the cover art for this latest single and how do you think it’s set the tone in terms of the song?
OCNS: We actually had a lot of trouble finding exactly what we wanted for this album cover. Everyone agreed that it should be set at night and have some sort of neon lights in it to capture just the way the song felt to us. Dancey and nocturnal. We came across a few street shots that were absolutely beautiful, but weren’t unanimously agreed upon so we continued the search. At some point, Andrew stumbled upon this photo of the palm tree in front of what looks like someone’s house and it clicked immediately with everyone. Isaac and Andrew did some photo editing and tweaking to create what everyone has seen with the song.
8. What’s next for you guys as a band? Tour? Album?
OCNS: Right now, we are focusing on playing shows as much as the six of us possibly can, play where we never have before, as well as writing new material. We hope to put together a more solid release in the coming months, though nothing is currently set in stone. We are working diligently on a multitude of demos, but the finished piece has yet to even be conceptualized.
9. Anything else you would like to add?
OCNS: Thank you for talking to us, listening to us, and hope to talk again in the future! Y’all ask very fun-to-answer questions.